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Obsessed Over Lupita

Lupita

I can’t be the only obsessed by Lupita Nyong’o. The Kenyan actress is being dubbed 2014’s surprise breakout style star. With it being awards season, Lupita has been everywhere rocking bold outfits that are absolutely stunning on her.

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There is nothing sexier on a woman than confidence. Okay, one other thing – a killer smile. Lupita has both so she’s a winner on all fronts. When was the last time we saw a mocha sister with short hair own the red carpets the way Lupita has? Yeah, I’ll wait.

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What I’m also adoring is her Instagram page. She’s a real fan, taking pics with celebs she’s meeting at various awards shows. You can see her excitement on the road to the Oscar’s. But its the air of calm she carries while taking risks with such eye catching colours and avant garde dresses. 

Lupita at SAG

Can’t wait to see what she wears to the Oscar’s! 

Controlling The Narrative

“So, what is PR exactly? Isn’t it just like advertising?”

I can’t begin to tell you how many times I get asked questions like those when it comes to what I do. Public relations, media relations, communications and/or publicity is not a new thing but the field of influencing public perception has always seemed allusive.

Some call us spin doctors, others see us as social butterflies depending on where they stand. All in all, it hasn’t always been easy describing what PR entails.

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And then came along Olivia Pope. I was late to tune into Scandal. I had girlfriends raving about this show for months when the first season came out. You couldn’t be on Twitter on a Thursday night and not know what Scandal was about.

So, I gave in and watched. More than Kerry Washington’s to-die-for cheekbones and the character Olivia’s killer wardrobe, what won me over was that for the first time I saw crisis communication, media relations and PR being portrayed on television. This wasn’t Samantha from Sex and the City’s flaky version of PR. No, this was grittier.

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 In my head, this is how I look at work. 

Hearing Olivia say things such as ‘controlling the narrative’, ‘deliver sound bites’ and ‘own the headlines’ took me to board room planning sessions and white boarding out strategies for my clients. That kind of PR talk is usually just spoken in those board rooms. Clients rarely understand all that jargon, let alone my friends and family who ask “No, really what do you do??”

Not sure if refreshing is the right word, but seeing a leading black female character who gives light to elements of a career I am passionate about has me hooked on this show. As well as Shonda’s cliff hanger endings on each episode (I want to throw my remote each time the credits roll).

Will this change the mind of those who call us spin doctors? Doubt it. Shoot, it might reinforce it. But who cares. Now when folks ask me what I do I ask them, “Have you seen Scandal?”

Diamond Life

Strange Fruit

 STRANGE FRUIT

Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swingin’ in the Southern breeze
Strange fruit hangin’ from the poplar trees
Pastoral scene of the gallant South
The bulgin’ eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burnin’ flesh
Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the tree to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop

The Danger of a Single Story

 

Chimamanda Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story

Nothing Small About This Supermodel

 

Joan Smalls, Elle Magazine January 2014

 

Sister Sister

 

Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen by Moneta Sleet, Jr.

Femme Crush

Cotdayum Nia!! When I grow up, can I be her?

#FemmeCrush   #LovedHerSinceLoveJones   #NiaLong

First Lady of Ruff Ryders

 

 

Philadelphia Style Magazine Fall Issue: All About Eve

Photos: Andrew Eccles

My Friday money dance.